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A Reference Grammar of Spoken Tamil : Reference Grammars - Harold F. Schiffman

A Reference Grammar of Spoken Tamil

Reference Grammars

Hardcover Published: 14th October 1999
ISBN: 9780521640749
Number Of Pages: 254

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This is a reference grammar of the standard spoken variety of Tamil, a language with 65 million speakers in India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Singapore. The spoken variety is radically different from the standard literary variety, last standardized in the thirteenth century. The standard spoken language is used by educated people in their interactions with people from different regions and different social groups, and is also the dialect used in films, plays and the media. This book, a much expanded version of the author's Grammar of Spoken Tamil (1979), is the first such grammar to contain examples both in Tamil script and in transliteration, and the first to be written so as to be accessible to students studying the modern spoken language as well as to linguists and other specialists. The book has benefitted from extensive native-speaker input and the author's own long experience of teaching Tamil to English-speakers.

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Phonology and transliteration
The nominal system
The Tamil verb phrase
Pronouns and pro-forms
Syntax: Introduction
Complex syntax and miscellaneous topics
Appendix: literary Tamil equivalents of spoken Tamil paradigms
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ISBN: 9780521640749
ISBN-10: 0521640741
Series: Reference Grammars
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 254
Published: 14th October 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.15 x 17.07  x 2.08
Weight (kg): 0.65